Funding Alert 29/11/13

Weekly Funding Alert

This week's funding alert, courtesy of Equality Updates. Click to find out information about a range of funding available locally.

Money to Do More with More Volunteers

Come and meet the Voluntary Action Fund's Volunteering Team at one of a series of roadshows during December to find out about how the Volunteering Support Fund could help your organisation recruit additional volunteers and improve how they are supported.
The Volunteering Support Fund is open to support third sector organisations that want to create new volunteering projects; increase the diversity of their volunteers (especially those experiencing disadvantage); and improve opportunities, skills and personal development through volunteering. The fund also helps organisations enhance their services and improve their capacity to deploy, support and train volunteers. Organisations with an annual income of under £250,000 can apply (although priority will be given to those with an income under £100,000).

The following two grant programmes are available through the fund for up to 12 months of activity:
Volunteering Support Grant
· A grant of up to £10,000 for an individual organisation.
· Application deadline: Friday 28 February 2014.
Volunteering Support Cluster
· A grant of up to £30,000 for a Cluster of three to six organisations.
· Application deadline: Friday 31 January 2014.
At each of the following roadshow events, there will be a presentation about these funding opportunities by VAF's Development Officers – and if you think the Volunteering Support Fund could be for you, you will also have an opportunity to discuss your project ideas at an individual surgery session afterwards.

Scottish Borders
Date and time: 04/12/2013, at 2pm
Venue: The Scott Room, Old Gala House, Scott Crescent, Galashiels, TD1 3JS
Booking: Advance booking is not necessary for this event.

Date and time: 05/12/2013, at 10am
Venue: Volunteer Glasgow, Abbey House (1st Floor), 10 Bothwell Street, Glasgow
G2 6LU.
Booking: To book a place at this event, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ring David on 0141 226 7893.

Date and time: 13/12/2013, at 2pm
Venue: The Melting Pot, 5 Rose Street, Edinburgh, EH2 2PR
Booking: Advance booking is not necessary for this event.
If you want to know more about the Fund but can't make it to any of these events, you can find out more on VAF's website at, follow VAF on Twitter and Facebook for Fund updates, or contact the Volunteering Team on 01383 620780 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

People's Postcode Trust Small Grants Programme

The People's Postcode Trust has announced that its small grants programme is due to re-open for applications on the 7th January 2014 and close on the 22nd February 2014. Through its small grants programme, the People's Postcode Trust offers grants of between £500 and £10,000 to small organisations and community groups for projects lasting up to 6 months in the areas of Poverty Prevention; Advancement of Health; Community Development; Public Sports; Human Rights; and Environmental Protection.

Junior Climate Challenge Fund Development Grants

Groups led by young people have until the 2nd January 2014 to apply for development funding of up to £750 through the Junior Climate Challenge Fund.
The Junior Climate Challenge Fund (JCCF), is part of the Scottish Government's Climate Challenge Fund, administered by independent charity Keep Scotland Beautiful. The aim of fund is to support initiatives led by young people under the age of 21 that reduces the carbon footprint and the grant of up to £750 can be used to help put together a full Climate Change Challenge application. The type of projects supported can include:
· Encouraging others to use more carbon friendly forms of transport
· Events to raise awareness about using less energy
· Encouraging your community to use more locally grown food, etc.

Scotmid Grants

The Scotmid Co-operative is offering small grants to assist and support community projects and initiatives throughout Scotland.
Last year Scotmid awarded grants totaling £235,000 to organisations ranging from parent and toddler groups to national campaigns

To be eligible for funding, applicants must be a group or individual acting for the wider benefit of the local Community; and live within the geographic boundaries of one of Scotmid Regional Committees.
Applicants can be submitted at any time.

Historic Environment Support Fund

Historic Scotland has announced that its Historic Environment Support Fund is open for applications. This is a small fund used to support various non-recurring heritage related events throughout the year. The fund can support many diverse projects such as providing grants to training, travel and study costs associated with the use of traditional materials, producing heritage publications and supporting community outreach.
Applications that meet Historic Scotland's agreed priorities are considered three times a year (April, August and December).

£15m Online Skills Programme Opens for Applications

The Big Lottery Fund has launched a new £15 million funding programme to improve the basic online skills of people who rarely or never use the internet.
The Big Lottery Fund is looking for applications from national organisations or partnerships that can show how they could use between £5 million and £15 million to deliver face-to-face training and support to tackle the digital divide. It is estimated that there are 11 million people in the UK who currently lack the online skills to confidently make full use of digital tools available to them and 7.1 million people who have never been online. In addition, a third of young people not in education, employment or training rarely or never look for jobs online and 17 per cent would not apply for jobs that require basic computer skills.
The closing date for application is the 24th January 2014.

Will Charitable Trust - Blind People & Learning Disabilities Grant

The Will Charitable Trust has announced that its Blind People & Learning Disabilities grants programme is now open for applications and will close on the 31st January 2014.
Through the programme UK charities can apply for funding for the care of and services for blind people, and the prevention and/or cure of blindness. The Trust also supports projects that support the long-term care of people with learning disabilities either in a residential care or supported living. Around 12 charities are supported each year with grants varying from £5,000 to around £20,000.

Better Breaks Programme Opens for Applications

Voluntary and community organisations that wish to provide responsive and creative short break opportunities for disabled children, young people, and their families can apply for funding through the 'Better Breaks' programme. The Better Breaks Programme is funded by the Scottish Government as part of their commitment to the development of Short Breaks for the benefit of disabled children and young people, and their carers. The maximum grant available is £50,000. Local authorities and Health authorities cannot lead applications but could be partners in an application led by a voluntary group.

The closing date for applications is the 11th December 2013.

Additional Funding to Extend the Climate Challenge Fund

The Scottish Government has announced that it is making an addition £10.3 million available to extend the operation of the Climate Challenge Fund (CCF) until 2016.
The Climate Challenge Fund has been important in supporting over 600 community groups that have been awarded grants totaling in excess of £52 million. These projects are enabling community groups and individuals to reduce local carbon emissions whilst also improving, environmentally, their local communities.
Amongst the latest communities to receive funding are:
The Cycle to the Moon challenge in Cumbernauld (£242,300) to challenge people within the communities to get on their bikes and 'cycle to the moon'.
The Garden Plate project in East Lothian (£64,208) which will help five primary schools cut their carbon emissions by growing local food on allotments and cutting food waste.
The Lost Garden of Penicuik project (£31,900) to restore the garden as a sustainable food source, reducing carbon emissions by cutting food miles; and the Lismore Hall Energy project in Argyll.
Bute (£25,266) which will insulate and draught-proof the building as well as promote lower carbon travel.
The next closing date for draft applications is the 6th January 2014.

Alcohol Research UK - Research and Development Grants 2014

Alcohol Research UK has announced that its Research and Development grants programme is open for applications. Grants of up to £60,000 over 3 years are available for research that address Alcohol Research UK's priority areas for 2014. These include:
· Identification, treatment and recovery
· Policy on cultural change; marketing and media
· Information and education
· Developing research methods.
· All applications need to address the cross cutting theme of drinking in the lifecourse. This must address at least one of the following:
· Underage consumption
· Youth drinking
· Student drinking
· Post-university consumption
· Workplace consumption
· Home drinking; parental drinking
· Empty-nest' behaviours
· Middle-age
· Drinking in retirement and so forth.
The closing date for applications is the 11th December 2013.

Recycling Innovation Fund

Zero Waste Scotland has announced that it is seeking applications through its Recycling Innovation Fund. Funding is available to support innovative resource management technologies. Zero Waste Scotland wishes to encourage and support innovation in order to help bring new ideas to market rapidly and ensure results are widely shared and adopted by the industry. This is a therefore a Scotland wide call for innovative recycling propositions and advances which have the potential to make a significant impact in reducing the amount of waste going to landfill in Scotland as well as increasing the amount of resources re-processed in Scotland into closed loop or added value applications. The funding is available to recycling and manufacturing companies and organisations in both the private and third sector.
The closing date for applications is the 31st December 2013.

Community Food Fund

Scotland's Rural College has announced that the third round of the Community Food Fund is open for applications. The Fund aims to promote local food and drink through supporting activities that focus on two main outcomes:
Supporting development of food trails and networks
Establishing local food and drink events, including farmers' markets, that celebrate and promote food and drink throughout the year.
The scheme is open to food and drink producer groups, networks and community organisations. It is not open to individual businesses. Applicants can apply for up to £25,000.
The deadline applications for this round of the Fund is 5pm on the 19th December 2013.

Healthy Hearts Grants

Heart Research UK has announced that the next funding round of its healthy heart grants will re-open in January 2014. Heart Research UK Healthy Heart Grants support innovative projects designed to promote heart health and to prevent or reduce the risks of heart disease in specific groups or communities. Grants of up to £10,000 are available to community groups, voluntary organisations and researchers who are spreading the healthy heart message.
The types of projects supported in the past have included:
The Foresight Project in Grimsby which encourages visually impaired people to take regular exercise using tandem bicycles.
The Ross-shire Bravehearts project in Inverness which educates adults with learning difficulties about heart health so they can take part in physical activities.
There are two applications rounds per year.
Applications are only accepted during January and February.

Funding for Projects that Use Sport to Challenge Disability and Disadvantage

BOOST is a UK charity established in 2008 to relieve sickness and protect and preserve good health for people facing cancer, in particular but not exclusively breast cancer.
The BOOST Charity provides grants of up to £500 to not for profit organisations and charities for projects use sport to help people to challenge and overcome disadvantage and disability. Since inception in 2005, Boost has supported a number of organisations, with grants totaling in excess of £1 million. The majority has been focused within the United Kingdom.

The type of activities and organisations supported in the past have included:
Paddlers for Life, a UK charity established in 2008, to relieve sickness and protect and preserve good health for people facing cancer, in particular but not exclusively breast cancer. Members paddle dragon boats on Lake Windermere in the Lake District with the physical activity and team support fostering the wellbeing of the members.
The Shepshed Dolphin Swimming Group hosts a fun day in Leicestershire each year for over 500 participants with disabilities to 'have a go' at sport. Activities include swimming, kayaking, climbing, boccia and curling.
Applications can be submitted at any time.

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